- Mental Health
Prescription Drug Treatment for ADHD - Sitting On a Potential Time Bomb
Are you or one of your kids receiving treatment for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)? If so, then you should really continue reading. I am not going to tell you that the treatment you or your child is receiving is ineffective, because the truth is; you have more than likely found it to be very effective. Instead, I am simply going to alert you to some of the dangers with regards to ADHD prescription drugs.
Before I begin, I must just point out that I am not a doctor, so anything you read in the following paragraphs should not be interpreted as being professional advice. Also, I am not a millionaire, so please understand that I cannot afford to name the drugs I am about to discuss. If you want to know which drugs I am referring to, please do a quick Google search, and all will be revealed.
Okay, first things first...Did you know that the most commonly prescribed ADHD prescription drugs are a "Category II Controlled Substance" in the USA and most other countries as well? In fact, they are even banned in some countries. Being a "Category II" controlled substance means they are the same class of drug as cocaine, opium and etc, and yet doctors are willing to prescribe these drugs to children as young as six years old.
Did you know that these drugs can also cause severe and irreversible damage to the heart? Just a few years ago, a 14 year old boy died suddenly, and when an autopsy was carried out, the medical examiner found he died from long term use of the most popular ADHD drug. He had been taking the drug for seven years, during which time it was slowly destroying his heart. He is not the only victim, but his parents did make a huge effort to make other parents aware of the dangers involved when taking these drugs. In fact, the FDA issued an official warning after the 51st ADHD drug related heart attack death occurred.
Suicides are commonplace among people, especially teenagers taking these drugs. Even a slight change in dosage can result in suicidal thoughts and/or suicide. For example, in 2009, a 15 year old British teenager hung himself in his bedroom after being put on ADHD prescription drugs. To make matters worse, the boy in question had been seen by more than 200 professionals.
The risk of suicide is so great, that the FDA has now made it mandatory for drug manufacturers to print a "BLACK BOX WARNING" on all packaging. Children as young as seven have already tried to take their own lives after being given these powerful amphetamines, and yet doctors continue giving them to both adults and children. Yes, prescription treatment for ADHD may well make your child more manageable, but at what cost?